An Experiment in Holding Hope

I recently went on a short seven-day trip to the U.S. I decided to buy four of the newest Nozomi 'holding hope" necklaces, and look for people who might need them.  The price ($25) and packaging makes them easy to buy, and easy to give.

It wasn't too hard to find people who needed to be reminded of hope!  A friend dealing with a very sick husband; another friend who shared about her own hope deferred; my flight attendant on the way home who went out of her way to help me. I have the last one in my bag right now, waiting for the next person I meet who needs hope.

Who do you know who needs hope? Multiply your investment! In addition to helping sustain our Nozomi team, we are donating $2 from each necklace to stopping human trafficking in Japan.  

Let's work together to give hope - it's contagious!  Find our Nozomi necklaces here


What can happen when women work together

As we approach celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Nozomi Project this month, we want to highlight the skill and artistry that our Nozomi team has developed. We couldn't be more proud of how this team of women have worked hard to create some of the finest pieces of pottery jewelry in the world. 

The heart of our Nozomi workshop is the grinding room.  This is where the pottery is cut, ground rough, then finely ground to perfection. Our team of seven are creative and seek to make the most beautiful items possible. 

Our Sara hook earrings have remained our best-selling collection. We've made over 7000 earrings! And they just get better and better. This morning we had a new set of earrings ready to go online, and look at these beauties! It's the first time in my memory that we have seen heart-shaped earrings (not in a frame). The skill! the beauty! This month we celebrate the craftsmanship that can happen when women work together. (Get them while they are still here!) 



Happy Anniversary Sneak Peek!

COMING on October 2!   (10/2 at 8 am Japan time; or 10/1at 7 pm EST).  Preferred customers:  10/1 8am Japan time, or 9/30 7 pm EST. Sign up on our home page for our mailing list to become a preferred shopper! 

With only thirty of each style, we are thrilled to release our 2016 Anniversary Necklace! These limited edition necklaces are wonderful representations of the incredible workmanship and growth of our Nozomi artisans these past four years. 

1) Our 2016 framed anniversary necklace is the largest framed pottery pendant we have ever made!  The size and delicate thinness makes each rectangular piece a work of art, with each pottery piece cut and ground and inserted with amazing precision. These bold and beautiful one-of-a-kind necklaces are sized at 47 x 25 x 3.7 mm. Antique gold pendants are 24 K gold-plated; antique silver pendants are .999 sterling silver plated.  These amazing pottery pendants are attached with a 6 mm textured jumpring to our favorite soft black or brown deerskin leather (note that we cannot switch leather colors).  A silver or gold-plated ornate bead allows your necklace to be adjustable up to 35 inches. $75. 


2) Our 2016 wire-wrapped anniversary necklace is intricately hand-wrapped by one our finest artisans with 20-26 gauge tarnish-resistant brass and/or silver wire. The stunning, one-of-a kind pendants are attached with soft black or brown deerskin leather (note that we cannot switch leather colors). A silver or gold-plated ornate bead allows your necklace to be adjustable up to 35 inches. (Please note: all wire will eventually tarnish, so we recommend that you keep your one-of-a-kind necklace in the enclosed ziploc bag when it's not being worn. Please handle your necklace carefully as the wire, while firm, can be bent.  For more information on care of your Nozomi necklace, please see our FAQ).   $65 & $75. 

 With this exclusive offer, your Nozomi purchase includes:

  • a $15 donation to Japan disaster relief.  We are currently supporting dire needs  including: Kumamoto (spring 2016 double earthquakes) and Iwate prefecture (fall 2016 typhoon and severe flooding). Please see our link on modeling generosity for updates and previous donations Nozomi Project has made to other needs in Japan and around the world.   
  • A handmade oyster shell jewelry dish is perfect for your favorite rings, earrings, or trinkets. In keeping with the ethos of Nozomi Project, we love the idea of up-cycling an item that is so common yet essential to the Ishinomaki community! Oysters are one of the main industries of our city, and this business has gradually been recovering since the 2011 tsunami. Each unique shell was collected at one of our local beaches, cleaned, bleached, and painted by our staff. We hope it serves as yet another reminder of hope and beauty!

  • A 2016 fall signed anniversary photograph of our Nozomi staff.  

Your gifts will come beautifully adorned in tissue paper, including our signature blue and white cards and all carefully bundled in a box to ensure its safe arrival.



This Week's Staff Picks


Every day new pottery pieces emerge and become something beautiful in the hands of the Nozomi Project staff. Each week we're going to give you an inside look at the items they are excited about. In each post we'll feature the favorite piece of one of our staff that she came across that week. This week Tomoko shares why she loves our Mako Chain necklace.


"I love the way the Mako chain sparkles in the light, making the pottery shard stand out as well. The shimmer makes it feel more dressy  than I expected."

- Tomoko 



Mako gold or silver faceted bead chain hangs beautifully, centered with a free-form framed pendant sure to be an heirloom in your jewelry collection. Our elegantly simple gold chain is plated in 24 K gold; our silver is .999 silver plated. Our bead-chain necklace is extra long (34 inches; 84 mm) to suit even our tallest customers; if desired please use scissors to shorten the chain to your desired length.

If you're into the long necklace trend but want something unique that can't be picked up just anywhere, Mako is for you. Find yours at the link below! 

Home   Mako Chain

Today's Featured Item:
Mako Chain 31-156 

This Week's Staff Picks!

Every day new pottery pieces emerge and become something beautiful in the hands of the Nozomi Project staff. Each week we're going to give you an inside look at the items they are excited about. In each post we'll feature one staff member and her favorite piece she came across that week. This week Chiemi shares why she loves these sushi-themed Mika Rings.

This week's featured items: 


"My favorite Nozomi pieces right now are the sushi series from the Mika Ring Collection! We were going to make them into necklaces, but we thought rings would be more fun and unique. Next we plan to make cucumber roll Sara earrings, so keep an eye out for them!" - Chiemi


Sushi is served! These unique rings came from pottery used at a sushi restaurant. They're sure to catch the eyes of friends and be a conversation starter!


Both Coco Rings and Mika Rings are adjustable so that they fit your finger perfectly. We're always adding new pieces to each collection!



Home     Mika Rings  Coco Rings



This week's featured items: 
Sushi Rings 13-588. 13-589. 13-590.
Coco Rings 52-153. 52-146. 52-149. 52-155.
Mika Rings 13-592. 13-595.

This Week's Staff Picks


Every day new pottery pieces emerge and become something beautiful in the hands of the Nozomi Project staff. Each week we're going to give you an inside look at the items they are excited about. In each post we'll feature the favorite piece of one of our staff that she came across that week. This week Hiromi shares why she loves the new Organic Collection.

Here are this week's featured items:

"I really love the Organic Collection because when I began working at Nozomi Project, we had already moved towards creating items with a more finished look. The Organic Collection features the 'as-is' look of Nozomi's earliest pieces, but they are all new to me!"

The Organic Collection features pieces that maintain the unpolished, broken pottery look that is reminiscent of Nozomi Project's first accessories. Our jewelry artisans use grinding machines just enough to make these pieces safe and smooth to the touch without losing the natural, broken pottery feel.

Each piece is organically one-of-kind, and allows the beauty of the pottery to speak for itself. We feature various styles, each piece priced according to the collection.


Home    Organic Collection

This post's item list:
Ai Organic 19-669
Saya Organic 12-1229

Why we never run out of brokenness

It has been five plus years since the tsunami and earthquake struck our beloved region; almost four years since we first started gathering together to see what treasures we might be able to make from the pottery left in its wake.  Here are a couple of photos from our first gathering: 



The natural frequent question is: "Have you run out of pottery yet?  What then?"


Thankfully, we are not worried, and well supplied.  We still have some bins of broken pottery that hundreds of volunteers helped to pick up the first couple of years after the disaster.  

And, we have had an ongoing supply from a local Ishinomaki secondhand store.  They receive many boxes of dishes, and give us the ones that they cannot sell or use.  They are so happy to donate these to our organization.  

We also occasionally receive donations from local friends and others who hear about our work and donate items (if you want to donate broken dishes/pottery to Nozomi Project, you can find our address here.  We cannot do special orders at this point nor cover the shipping costs, but we always love donations of new beauty in brokenness!).  This spring we were so touched by new friends in Kumamoto who, upon receiving help after the spring earthquakes that hit their region, have given Nozomi Project their broken items.  

So we don't expect to run out of pottery!  What we DO expect, however, is that our staff will continue growing in their skills and artisanship in making amazing jewelry out of broken pottery.... We suspect that our staff will continue making beauty from brokenness for making years to come.... And we are so thankful for our many friends who share the story of Nozomi Project and have helped us ship 25,000 products to 32 countries around the world!


Spring models

Not only are our Nozomi Project staff artisans, but they are also awesome models! We are really excited about the photos that are going to come out over the next month or two with our beautiful women wearing some of our latest styles and favorites. 



 There is so much beauty in what we are doing!